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‘Biojewelry for Breast Cancer’ Shown in UW’s Gallery 234

March 12, 2013
Person making beaded bracelet
Biojewelry, made with an assortment of various seeds and nuts from the Brazilian tropical forests, will be on display in Gallery 234 in the lower level of the University of Wyoming Union through March 27. (UW Photo)

“Biojewelry for Breast Cancer” will be displayed through Wednesday, March 27, in Gallery 234 in the lower level of the University of Wyoming Union.

A reception for the exhibition, created by Dorly Piske and volunteers, will be from 5-8 p.m. March 27, in Gallery 234. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided, and a workshop on creating jewelry is scheduled the night of the reception.

“Youth in Action: Biojewelry for Breast Cancer” has creative, educational and international service components, with volunteers meeting weekly to produce jewelry.

Volunteers can choose beads from among an assortment of seeds and nuts from the Brazilian tropical forests. The process allows for “creative energy to work and produce all kinds and patterns of jewelry,” says Ashley Dallum, Gallery 234 coordinator.

“Bringing beads from Goias and transforming them into attractive pieces of jewelry is a way to learn not only about the extraordinary variety of ornamental seeds and nuts of the Amazon forest, but also about sustainable use of natural resources and the lifestyles of the people who harvest and process these seeds,” Piske says.

The biojewelry beading is about international service, Dallum adds. Proceeds from the jewelry support a rural traveling mammography program in Goias, Brazil. Partners of the Americas is the organization that helps communities, such as the one at UW, collaborate on service projects.

Individuals needing assistance to attend the event should contact the Campus Activities Center at (307) 766-6340. For more information, visit the website

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